Red Poha, may sound new to you, but its been there for a very long time. Its a healthier version of white poha, with more iron and fibre. In a simple explanation – White poha, is made from white rice and red poha is made from red rice. Poha can be made with white rice, brown rice, red rice and even organic rice.
Also know as – Poha(Maharastra), powaa/pauaa ( Gujarati/Hindi), aval (Tamil), chira (bengal) avalakki etc.
Poha or ‘aval’ or ‘avalakki’ is basically flattened rice. Rice is first parboiled, then flattened by pounding to remove the husk and then dried. Which takes 2 to 3 days and during the drying process some amount of fermentation occurs, which introduces healthy bacteria.
Depending on what extent it is flattened Poha is further classified into-Thin, Medium, Thick and nylon poha. Different recipes require different types of flattened rice.
Red Rice Poha is made from the red variety of rice called ‘Hsasundi’. Unlike white rice poha from which most of the nutrients are washed away while processing, Red rice poha contains fibre & bran. This poha is a thicker variety and is rich in taste. And can be made into many interesting dishes. Overall, all that you can prepare using white poha, can be prepared using red poha with the additional health benefits.
Truefarms Red poha is an 100% organic product. Which has high fibre content and makes you feel full for longer and helps maintain bowel health, lowers cholesterol, controls blood sugar levels and the best part —- helps in weight loss.
Their products provide the highest quality organic food, which results in higher amount of nutrition. Truefarm team engages with farming communities across the world to cultivate 100% organic crops.
This Red rice poha recipes turn out very delicious and is quite an easy recipe to prepare. There is nothing complicated, just a couple of points for you to know how, to begin with, a healthier version of breakfast poha.
As Red rice poha is slightly coarser in texture as compared to white poha, You need to soak it in warm water first, for at least 10 minutes, so that it softens, and then stir fry it with other vegetables and spices.
Do remember to cover the bowl of the soaked red poha, during that 10 minutes.
Onions and potatoes are the two basic vegetables, I have always added to my poha when making at home. But you can also add, carrots, peas, French beans, bell peppers, along with some peanuts, cashew nuts. The choices are many, Choose according to your likes or what so ever you find in the fridge. And make it more nutritious.
Poha is a mix of different flavours and textures – it’s spicy, tangy, sweet and crunchy all at once.
To turn up the heat, you can use fresh green chillies or a spoonful of red chilli powder.
Mustard seeds are commonly tossed in, while some recipes prefer the use of cumin seeds.
Fresh herbs like coriander and curry leaves can work wonders to add some zing.
But don’t forget to finish off with a squeeze of lime before serving.
1/2 to 1 cup of water is needed for 2 cups of poha (this varies according to the thickness of the poha) hence add smaller quantity first, then small amounts can be sprinkled as needed.
2 Cups Red Rice Poha
Truefarm Foods Organic Red Poha, 300g
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large boiled potato chopped
1/4th cup of finely chopped green beans (blanched)
1/4th cup of finely chopped carrot (blanched)
1/4th cup of green peas (blanched)
2-3 green chillies, chopped /slit
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing
2 Tablespoon oil
Freshly grated coconut ( optional)
Soak the poha using warm water for 10 minutes along with little salt in a bowl with a lid and keep aside.
In a pan or Kadai, heat oil. Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Add Curry leaves and chillies. Fry for few seconds.
Add Peanuts and fry until it’s golden in colour and doesn’t get burnt.
Add onions and sauté till they turn soft and pink. Add the potatoes, peas, beans and carrots and cook them all together for 3 to 4 minutes at medium flame.
Add salt, turmeric and lemon juice. Mix well. Cook for 30 seconds.
Add Poha and toss well. Add sugar, lemon juice and mix. Cook for few seconds only. Poha is ready.
Garnish with coriander leaves, sev and grated coconut.